Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday 26 September - Virginia Water

We had breakfast in Garfunkels which uses Black Treacle tins.  Tate and Lyle were one of the first companies to mine and refine treacle ore
Virginia Water is about 45 minutes out from London Waterloo on the electric train to Reading.  It wasn't a straightforward journey however because there had been a serious track circuit failure at Clapham Junction, the busiest station in the country and it was taking a long time to catch up on the interruptions.  Our train was shown as being delayed but it eventually left on time and ran to time throughout. We used the new platform 20, the first of the former Eurostar International platforms to be put into service.
A Reading train in the new platform at London Waterloo.
Having arrived at Virginia Water we had a walk of about 45 minutes to get there from the station. There was a sidewalk all the way but this area has some of the highest prices houses in the country and there were not a lot of pedestrians.

Virginia Water is an amazing stretch of forest set in an enormous lake. The views were wonderful and there were a lot of water birds - swans, mallards, tufted ducks, gulls, grebes etc. Many of the walkways were paved and it was well used by locals with their dogs and visitors alike.
There were a lot of sweet chestnut trees and we could hear the fruit falling to the ground. The crows were having a fine time prying the nuts out of the casing with their beaks. An Asian woman was collecting the better nuts but most of them were going to waste

Coming back into London it was evident that the trains were still disrupted but our train arrived right on time.

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